When it comes to getting in shape, slow and steady wins the race. You’ll need to follow a set routine consistently for some time before you start noticing results. But with that said, the real enemy of your workout routine is far more insidious. Boredom is usually the prime suspect for people giving up on their fitness routines. When even your tried-and true workout feels more like a chore than ever, try some tweaking to make it fresh and exciting again. Here are a few tips to recharge your fitness routine:
1. Get a New Wardrobe
Sound silly? Perhaps getting new workout clothes and shoes might just seem like a superficial change. But sometimes, getting new clothes can highlight how far we’ve come—and give our new body a chance to shine. Besides, who can ever be motivated to wear a worn-out gym t-short and last year’s sweats?
2. Grab a friend
Maybe it’s the misery-loves-company idea, but if you find your workout to be a grind, having someone along to keep your company might be the fastest way to freshen it up again. Choose a friend with similar goals, who can meet you at the gym, track, or park, and has as positive attitude to get you going when you slow down.
3. Change Location
We often get so used to our surroundings that we forget how much difference a change of scenery can make. Whether it’s trying out a completely different gym in Sterling, driving to a running track or trail on a new part of town, or signing up for a new class, take yourself to a different part of town, and you’ll shake your exercise routine out of its rut almost immediately.
4. Increase Your Reward
If you’ve been smart, you’ve remembered to reward yourself for faithfully adhering to your routine. For example, let’s say that you plan to go to a gym in Sterling 3 or 4 times a week. Now give yourself an extra incentive to battle the boredom and keep going no matter what. If your reward is an ice cream sundae every Tuesday, treat yourself to a sports massage or theater tickets if you stay on track for another solid week.
5. Play With the Pros
When your workout is really grinding you down, maybe you’re simply not challenging yourself enough. Increase your weights and reps at the gym in Sterling. Sign up for advanced personal training lessons with the local pro. Sign up for a triathlon or a 5k run this fall. Whatever your new goal might be, make sure you’re challenged, but not frustrated, and promise that you’ll commit yourself.
Easy exercises you can do everyday
They say you can’t have it all, but some of us are still trying to juggling work, married life, kids, school, friends and, with what little time is left over, sleep. With all that, we often happily skip the gym. But even if you can’t make time for a formal Sterling fitness routine, you can stay fit by keeping an eye out for opportunities to work your muscles by just making a few tweaks in your daily life.
Take the stairs next time
Sure, no one is asking you to take all 15 flights of stairs up to your corporate office but give yourself a limit—say, 10 flights—and promise yourself that when you have to go to any floor less than that number, you’ll take the stairs. This is actually a good exercise regimen between visits to a Sterling fitness club.
Bag and carry your groceries
Too often we’re helped out in little ways that might actually help keep us in shape. Carry grocery baskets instead of pushing a grocery cart, even if you need to make two trips. Bag them and carry them to your car yourself. Bonus points if you park far away from the entrance of the supermarket to get yourself a longer workout.
Play with animals and kids
Don’t have any of your own? Borrow some! Your neighbor might be thrilled to take an evening off from walking her dog and let you walk him. Their dog will get a well-deserved workout as well. Taking a trip to the park with a couple of toddlers will probably burn off as much energy as going to a Sterling fitness club. Even crawling with an infant will help you stretch your muscles.
Turn chores into a workout
Turn housework into exercise by putting some muscle into scrubbing your tub, stretching your arms to clean the far corners or giving your just-mopped floor an extra-once over. Your home and your body will look great!
Make time for swift walking
Along with parking your car away from the store entrance—say, down the street—you can also plan an evening walk with a friend. No time? Take a walk—in nature, not just on a treadmill at Sterling fitness club —and catch up with friends with a headset and a mobile phone. Just remember, multi-tasking doesn’t mean ignoring what’s around you. So keep your eyes on the traffic!